The year 2016. Holy crap on a cracker! What a neurotic, unpredictable year. In a recent post I asked the question “What five words would you use to describe 2016?” Mine included: taxing, eventful, wearying, surprising and atonement. All perfectly fitting.
It was certainly an eventful year, mainly because of three changes in our lives, two of which I will share today. One of which some of you already know about. For example, a few of you might remember that I shared about my younger daughter deciding in the early part of 2016 that she would not be returning back home after the school year ended. Instead, she decided to rent an apartment with four other girls and move out permanently on May 1st. She is now living happily in her new city where she is in her second year of university. And she’s holding down a part time job that she loves.
She followed in the footsteps of her sister who moved out on her own in 2012, albeit in another city.
So in 2016 we became empty nesters. Much earlier than we expected.
Because both my girls are fiercely independent, responsible and mature, there was no doubt that they’d move out on their own as soon as they could. The only thing that surprised the most amazing man in the world and me was how young they were when they accomplished this. The older one got her own place at 19 while she was in university and holding down two part time jobs. The younger one was 18 when she made the same decision.
We are very proud of both of them.
Another important event is retirement. The most amazing man in the world is officially retired. At the ripe old age of 58. He worked at the same company as a senior project manager for almost 30 years and was contributing to a wonderful pension plan. In August, he reached the level of years where he could start collecting on that pension. And decided to do so. Because “life is too short and we may as well enjoy it while we’re able bodied and healthy”. He is free as a bird to do whatever he wants now. Maybe tackle projects or do volunteer work or enjoy a hobby or take up a part time job that’s fun. Whatever. The sky’s the limit.
Tomorrow, I will share the other one.